Syria: Emergency Preparedness & Response
Eight years after it began, the war in Syria is far from over. The numbers are frankly staggering: an estimated 11.7 million people are in need of assistance, more than half of all people in Syria are food insecure, 2.1 million children are out of school, and over 50% of basic infrastructure in the country is non-operational or completely destroyed. The fact that 1.2 million people are now living in hard-to-reach areas, combined with the continued armed clashes in many areas, complicates the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
The severity of needs is especially high in Aleppo, Idlib, Damascus, Rural Damascus, Deir-ez-Zor and Raqqa governorates. At the same time, the ongoing conflict is fuelling displacement on a scale rarely seen in human history: 6.2 million people are currently estimated to be internally displaced, with an average of 4,380 people forced to leave their homes each day—many for the second or third time. These multiple displacements, compounded by difficulties finding work and widespread physical destruction, have exhausted people’s capacity to cope with the prolonged conflict.
People in need currently reach an average of 230,000 people each month in Syria, through a range of interventions.
Livelihoods & Agriculture
Agricultural production in Syria has also plummeted since the start of the conflict, driving up prices for vulnerable families. Since 2014, People in Need has been training small farmers and providing them with vouchers to purchase much-needed seeds, fertilizers and tools.
- 468 people received intensive training at our vocational centres in 2018
- 5,034 farmers received vouchers for seeds and tools in 2018
WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
Since 2013, People in Need has helped to restore public water wells and networks, construct water points and elevated water tanks, rehabilitate and extend sewage systems, build landfills, provide generators and renovate or install toilets and showers in camps and schools. We work with local authorities and contractors to carry out this work and improve the management of basic water, sanitation and hygiene services. Our cash-for-work programmes employ people to clear debris, renovate water networks and collect waste, thereby supporting rehabilitation efforts while at the same time offering vulnerable families a dignified way to earn an income.
- In 2018, 505,184 people benefited from improved access to water as a result of our programmes
- In 2018, we implemented 40 projects to improve water, sanitation or sewage services, creating a healthier, safer living environment for hundreds of thousands of people
Food security and livelihoods
Our cash-for-work activities further increase food security by allowing vulnerable families to earn money through refuse collection, street cleaning, repairing irrigation canals and schools, supervising kindergartens, sowing school uniforms, and restoring water and power networks. This approach prevents aid dependency, while supporting education and rehabilitating essential infrastructure damaged or destroyed during the conflict. We also support hundreds of selected bakeries each month, providing thousands of families with access to more affordable bread.
- Each month 7,500 families receive our food parcels
- Each month 8,800 families receive monthly food vouchers
- Each month 24,000 families receive subsidised bread
- In 2018 7,923 households were supported through our cash-for-work programme
Non-food items & Shelter
- 4,311 households received assistance to help prepare for the winter of 2018/2019
- In 2018, 1,554 households received non-food items
- In 2018, we provided 9,453 emergency food kits to families in the immediate aftermath of displacement or other crises
- In 2018, we provided 19,000 emergency once-off cash grants to assist highly vulnerable people to buy food, water and other essential items